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Video of the Moment #896: Hot Chip

 
By on Sunday, 22nd July 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Here’s the new video from Hot Chip for ‘Look at Where We Are’. If you’re expecting a stonker of a dance tune, sorry to disappoint you but this is one of those Hot Chip slow ones. You also see the inside of someone’s head. Sort of. Not how you’re expecting it, either.

Their new album ‘In Our Heads’ is out now on Domino; you can read Braden’s review of it here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZgUOiwOuC0[/youtube]

 

Hot Chip / October 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 19th June 2012 at 8:30 am
 

On the back of their new album ‘In Our Heads’ (Braden’s review here) on their new label Domino, Hot Chip have announced a tour of the UK for October. Ticket sale begins tomorrow (Wednesday 20 June). Support will be Disclosure and Django Django on selected dates (see below).

Monday 8th October 2012 – Norwich UEA (with Disclosure)
Tuesday 9th October 2012 – Leeds Academy (with Disclosure)
THursday 11th October 2012 – Birmingham Academy (with Disclosure)
Friday 12th October 2012 – Glasgow ABC (with Disclosure)
Saturday 13th October 2012 – Manchester Academy (with Disclosure)
Monday 15th October 2012 – Bristol Academy (with Django Django)
Tuesday 16th October 2012 – Southampton Guildhall (with Django Django)
Friday 19th October 2012 – London Brixton Academy (with Django Django)

 

Album Review: Hot Chip – In Our Heads

 
By on Monday, 18th June 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Hot Chip aren’t your average band. Their members appear to be cropping up everywhere (2 Bears, New Build etc) but the band are consistently putting out a record every two years. They’ve been everywhere, with everyone and gained notoriety as both a good band and exciting live band, but they’ve never stepped out of everyone elses shadows for long enough to shine at their top billings (LCD Soundsystem immediately spring to mind). Furthermore they’ve had plenty of success without ever actually having released a great album (‘Over and Over ‘and ‘Ready For The Floor’ carrying them through.) So what does album five have to show?

“Remember when the people thought the world was round, the world was round” opens Alexis Taylor on ‘Motion Sickness’. It’s light, it draws you in and then it bursts into a chilled track that just oozes summer for a whole 5:21. Then comes what sounds like a 2 Bears single in the form of ‘How Do You Do?’. Alexis’ vocals are what turn it from the kind of thing that could be dropped in a club to something that could be played almost anywhere, and that’s what makes Hot Chip the band they are; they’re likeable and inoffensive.

This doesn’t make them a great band though. Inoffensive is the stuff of Train and Eliza Doolittle. Likeable is the kind of thing that got Gary Barlow and Will Young into the dreams of middle aged Britain. Herein lays the problem for Hot Chip. “Within In Our Heads”, there’s a lot of decent music. ‘Flutes’ for example, is enjoyable, but not speciall. Those aforementioned opening two tracks; great if you want to chill out in a field all summer but by the time you get down to ‘Now There Is Nothing’ though, you’ll be iPod scrolling as you finish off that bottle of Koppaberg.

There are of course exceptions on both ends of the scale. If you’ve seen the video for ‘Night and Day’ (below), you’ll know that its full of everything that could have made Hot Chip a big band for all the right reasons. It’s borderline bombastic, in your face and huge sounding, without crossing the line to being a Calvin Harris track (minus the Justin Timberlake style “You know I’m thinking about you”). On the other hand, you’ve got the tedious “Look at Where We Are” and ‘I Have Always Been Your Love’. They’re probably intended to show the deeper side of the band, but they come off as nothing short of mind-numbing.

Hot Chip are not an average band. But if they keep on like this, they’re in danger of sounding like one.

6/10

Hot Chip’s fifth album ‘In Our Heads’ is out now on Domino Records (their first for this label).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxg2JbWA7Nk

 

Video of the Moment #804: Hot Chip

 
By on Friday, 25th May 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

The new Hot Chip video for ‘Night and Day’ doesn’t make a lick of sense. (A giant egg cup and monks dressed in hoodies?) Or maybe it does to you? Watch it below.

John reviewed the single a while back; read it here. ‘Night and Day’ will be out on the 4th of June on Domino and is the first taster to the band’s ‘In Our Heads’ album out later this year.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxg2JbWA7Nk[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Hot Chip – Night and Day

 
By on Tuesday, 1st May 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

It’s not everyday that you create a record that’s instantly accessible to pretty much any music fan, whether you’re a hardcore dance/dub fan, an indie kid, a rocker or anything else. It was impossible to ignore Hot Chip’s ‘Ready for the Floor. But since then, they have struggled to create anything with the level of appeal that monster hit had. ‘Over and Over’ was close, while ‘One Life Stand’ just couldn’t stand up against it on its own.

Now we have ‘Night And Day,’ a new Hot Chip track that will again have to go in the pile of songs labelled as…not ‘Ready for the Floor.’ Again. It’s a solid effort of synth-infused pop, and it does grow on you every listen. Lead vocalist Alexis Taylor still has that charming ‘I’m pretty much talking but not actually singing thing’ he does. He manages to do it with immensely more charm than artists like Lily Allen.

The chorus is catchy and there lies any Hot Chip song’s charm: its ability to get itself stuck into that back bit of your brain that makes you remember stuff. I have no complaints here; I can’t expect everything they make to be superb. To some ‘Night and Day’ may be ever too repetitive, but in my opinion that’s the appeal. It’s kept simple.

And I like simple.

7/10

Hot Chip’s single ‘Night and Day’ will be out on the 4th of June on Domino and is the first taster to the band’s ‘In Our Heads’ album out later this year. The single will be available on 12″ and via digital download and will come with a remix from Joe Goddard’s side project the 2 Bears featuring Trim, as well as an exclusive b-side track entitled ‘Jelly Babies’.

 

MP3(s) of the Day #333: James Yuill

 
By on Wednesday, 4th May 2011 at 10:00 am
 

‘Crying for Hollywood’, a James Yuill track that is fast-paced but for some reason sounds pretty laid back, seems to be an odd choice for a remix, considering it’s already electronic-y to begin with. But DJ Shir Khan and Grown Men (aka Al Doyle and Felix Martin of Hot Chip, under the guise of a new DJ / production team) have taken the song from Yuill’s LP ‘Movement in a Storm’ and given it their own personal stamps. The DJ Shir Khan version is decidedly tropical, and the Grown Men one is decidedly more sexy. Listen to and download either or both below.

 
 
 

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